Proto-Indo-European love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The reconstructed language that was the ancestor of the Indo-European languages.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being Proto-Indo-European or one of its reconstructed linguistic features.

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  • proper n. The hypothetical ancestor language or protolanguage of the Indo-European family of languages, which includes most European and Indian languages.
  • proper n. A person who spoke the Proto-Indo-European language.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Proto-Indo-European language, or the people who spoke it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Indo-European languages


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  • That common source first imagined by Sir William is none other than the one we now refer to as Proto-Indo-European.

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  • Like laugh, out and loud are native English words with reconstructed roots in Proto-Indo-European.

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  • Specialists call this entirely unrecorded but partly reconstructed language Proto-Indo-European, as in “the common ancestor of all the Indo-European languages.”

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  • Speakers of Proto-Indo-European raised cows and sheep and sacrificed animals to gods.

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  • Speakers of Proto-Indo-European observed the heavens, had names for seasons of the year, times of day, and numbers.

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  • All such kek-sounding and cook-related words derive from the related Proto-Indo-European root *pekw-, preserved in Greek words that also have to do with “cooking” and “ripening,” as well as “digesting,” and heard in some English words taken from Greek, like pumpkin and dyspepsia.

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  • For a short but engaging overview of Proto-Indo-European language and culture, see DIR, vii–xxxv.

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  • The simplified version of the Proto-Indo-European root for “star” is given as *ster-.

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  • Global English too preserves many relics of Proto-Indo-European, often simply referred to as PIE, in words whose roots can be traced back to that early language.

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  • While a “start date” as early as ten thousand years ago has been proposed, a more widely accepted working date for Proto-Indo-European is seven thousand years ago.

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